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Matt Gibbens has been riding all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, for a long time, but he’s never taken a safety course.

“I know there's a lot of them out there but I've just grown up on them,” Gibbens said.

Gibbens grew up on a farm and said he’s used ATVs for both work and play. But despite his experience with the machine, he’s still dressed from head to toe in protective gear, including a helmet, goggles, and chest protector.

Gibbens said he thinks about safety every time he gets on his ATV.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Ron Replogle refused to comment Wednesday on the drowning of an Iowa man who had been taken into custody by state troopers on the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.

Replogle was appearing at the first of two hearings by a state house committee that is looking into the merger of the Highway Patrol with the Water Patrol. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka,  created the interim committee.

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  The Missouri State Highway Patrol will testify in front of the legislative committee and Missouri citizens on the effectiveness of its merger with the state’s Water Patrol.

The departments merged in 2011 under Governor Jay Nixon who said the state would save an annual 3 million dollars upon signing the legislation.

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An upcoming court proceeding will examine the death of a handcuffed Iowa man who went overboard as a Missouri State Highway Patrol boat was transporting him from the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.

The Kansas City Star reports that the coroner's inquest in 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson's death is scheduled to get underway September 4th. During the trial-like setting, six jurors will determine whether there was a crime or negligence involved.

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November is deer-mating season, and as the deer mate -- drivers are at a higher risk of hitting them. 

Missouri recorded an increase in highway and waterway traffic and fatalities over Labor Day weekend. There were seven fatalities in car accidents in Missouri over the holiday weekend from a total of 248 traffic crashes.

Although the number of deaths matched the number from last year’s holiday, it was still an increase over a typical weekend. State Highway Patrol officers said that most accidents occurred on state highways, which saw the biggest increase in traffic due to the holiday. There were many factors that caused heavy traffic and accidents over the weekend.

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State lawmakers have curtailed the spending authority of the Missouri State Highway Patrol because of frustration over the purchase of a new airplane frequently used by the governor.

A new law that will take effect Aug. 28 will require the patrol to get legislative approval before spending more than $100,000 from a special state fund on any vehicle.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon announced this past week that he will allow the measure passed by the Republican-led Legislature to take effect without his signature.

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State lawmakers have limited the spending authority of the Missouri State Highway Patrol over frustration concerning the purchase of a new airplane frequently used by the governor.

A new law taking effect Aug. 28 will require the patrol to get legislative approval before spending more than $100,000 from a special state fund on any vehicle.

The new restrictions come after lawmakers complained that they were not told in advance about the patrol's purchase last December of a new $5.6 million airplane. Records show that Nixon has flown on the plane frequently.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol is getting mixed reviews in an audit released Tuesday.  The law enforcement agency is being criticized for spending 5-point-6 million dollars on a new airplane.

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In a new annual report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Columbia Public School District’s bus fleet comes in just below the state average on school bus maintenance standards. The report looks for defects in school buses and deems them approved, defective, or out-of-service. Columbia Public School district had 23 buses ruled defective and four put out of service, meaning that 85 percent of the district’s 188 buses were approved as up to standard. The state average for approved buses is 89 percent.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol would need to ask lawmakers for permission to purchase vehicles that cost more than $100,000 under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer says he was assured by a top federal official that an electronic list of people with Missouri concealed gun permits never was used by any federal agency.

Luetkemeyer says he spoke with Patrick O'Carroll, the inspector general of the U.S. Social Security Administration. He says O'Carroll confirmed that a Missouri-based investigator recently asked for and received a list of more than 160,000 concealed gun permit holders from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments this week in cases involving school transfers and survivor's benefits for the gay partner of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

Both cases are to be argued before the high court Wednesday.

Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was killed in 2009 while investigating a Christmas Day accident on Interstate 44 southwest of St. Louis. His partner sued for survivor's benefits, but their 15-year relationship is not recognized by the state.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending the purchase of a new state airplane that can be used by the governor, other state officials and law enforcement officers.

Nixon says the $5.6 million airplane bought by the Missouri State Highway Patrol was a good long-term investment for law enforcement and safety.

The Democratic governor already has flown on the new King Air 250.

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An instructor with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s training academy has filed a lawsuit accusing the law enforcement agency of violating its pay plan.

Mo. drunk driving case headed to U.S. Supreme Court

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A Cape Girardeau drunk driving case is going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court will decide if police can give a blood test without a warrant.

After Tyler McNeely failed a field sobriety check and refused the breath test, a Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer took him to hospital where he had a blood test.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri represents McNeely. Legal director Tony Rothert says the officer infringed upon McNeely’s fourth amendment protection from unreasonable search by drawing his blood without a warrant.

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Three people are hospitalized and two others have suffered minor injuries after an accident during a charity race at the Missouri State Fair.